I think Pterodactyl's quote of the cat's claw was more of an expression that the installation is an ever changing piece. Although the journalist chose to focus on the matter, I don't believe letting cats claw take over the tree to ultimately kill it is in their agenda.
The tree is a Koelreuteria paniculata (golden rain) and is Native to Asia. It is commonly considered an, "invasive species" in the united states, so maybe the treehouse saved this, "invasive species" from being cut down for firewood.
I wish there was more information about the actual treehouse in the article and not so much focused on peoples enjoyment of the space. we all know we love it.
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